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Is Friday named after a beautiful goddess with a chariot pulled by cats? Well. . .

Is Friday named for a beautiful Norse goddess?

In a world that knows too many details about unimportant matters, one would think that our collective expertise could be certain about something as essential as the days of the week. There is, however, a scholarly debate regarding which goddess of love in Norse mythology is the namesake of “Friday.” To complicate matters, it may be that Frigg (or Frigga) and Freyja  were at one point one goddess, or at least stemmed from the same one. It’s a headache.

Here’s a dollop of the facts we know about both divinities.

Frigg is the queen of Asgard, the capital city of the Norse gods. She is a major goddess, and most myths focus on her roles as a wife and mother. Frigg is also said to be prophetic. Like her husband Odin, Frigg sometimes sits in a high seat called Hliðskjálf. From there she can look into other worlds.

Freyja, which is Old Norse for the “Lady,” has many associations, which include fertility, gold, and death. She rides a chariot that is driven by two cats. When she’s not in her chariot, she’s also known to hitch a ride on a boar she owns called Hildisvíni.

(Have you ever considered why, given that September means “seven” and October means “eight,” these are the ninth and tenth months? Learn the reason, here.)

Friday is also associated with the planet Venus. In most Romance languages, the word for Friday derives from dies Veneris, which in Latin means “day of Venus.” For example, in Romanian Friday is vineri, and in French it is vendredi.

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6 Comments

  1. tv amr -  February 21, 2012 - 9:18 pm

    But wanna state that it is very beneficial , Many thanks for taking your time and efforts to write this.

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  2. zach -  July 1, 2011 - 9:13 am

    stop bringing up jesus

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  3. ^.^ -  February 25, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    TGIF: Thank God It’s Friday … time to do what we LOVE

    Venus represents personal love while Jesus represents universal love
    GOOD Friday — greatest form of LOVE by J.C. = self-sacrifice + salvation
    BAD Friday — Friday, the 13th = fear of accident, injury, death, damnation
    Strange, how everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die!

    Glad some of you like FRIDAY as your best day of the week. What’s the best day for me?

    Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow has not yet arrived. TODAY is a GIFT … that’s why it’s called … PRESENT. Let’s celebrate each and every day … with smiles and laughters. Cheers!!!

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  4. MOOT -  February 25, 2011 - 6:55 am

    Somehow it’s hard for me to visualize a chariot DRIVEN by two cats.

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  5. xplore4life -  October 1, 2010 - 7:12 am

    Thats a great day. I like friday and I always think this is so special for me.

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  6. HKMar -  September 30, 2010 - 7:45 pm

    And that is why we all LOVE friday, because Venus is the goddess of Love & beauty!

    Reply

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